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Lake Park-Audubon FCCLA Legislative Shadow participants were Breann Hogie, left, and Chloe Hanson. They are Region 6 FCCLA officers.

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What do the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle and K-12 School Finance have in common? Both topics were recently discussed in the Minnesota legislative committee sessions.


Lake Park-Audubon Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Regional Officers Chloe Hanson and Breann Hogie shadowed the Minnesota legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Each of the students applied for the opportunity under the FCCLA Legislative Shadow Program and was selected to spend a day with a legislator.

Hanson shadowed Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, from Minnesota District 1. Stumpf is a minority leader in the agricultural committee. Hanson was able to interview the senator, and sit in on the committee session.

"One of the main issues they discussed in committee was the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. There were several experts that testified as to the harm the beetle will have to our ash trees and methods to attempt to stop the progression to other parts of the state," Hanson said.

Hogie shadowed Rep. Mindy Greiling from District 54A. Greiling is the former chair of the K-12 Education finance committee, and now sits as the minority leader for the committee sessions.

"I was so impressed with her wealth of knowledge and experience. She was very professional, enthusiastic, and yet very down-to-earth," Hogie said.

Both students were impressed overall with the experience and are grateful for the opportunity. As part of their experience, the students were able to share with the legislators about the great things schools are doing in rural Minnesota.

"Many times we feel that the metro area is the focus of educational legislation, and out-state Minnesota is forgotten. These students had an opportunity to share their own hopes and dreams for their generation," LPA FCCLA Advisor Cheryl Hogie said.

The Legislative Shadow experience was organized by the state Family Career and Community Leaders of America organization. There are currently over 2,300 members of FCCLA in the state of Minnesota. FCCLA is the student organization that supports the Family and Consumer Science curriculum.

FCCLA members compete at Region 6 STAR events

Fifty-three members of the LP-A FCCLA chapter competed at the Region 6 STAR Events competition in Barnesville on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Some of the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) event topics included: Children's Miracle Network, Humane Society Service Project, Chapter Showcase Display, Families Acting for Community and Traffic Safety, Healing Hurts, Life Event Planning, Santas for Seniors, Diabetes, Applied Technology, Nutrition for Children, Ronald McDonald House, Breast Cancer Awareness, Esteen for Girls, Buying Your First Auto, Cyber Bullying Prevention, and Publicize and Promote.

Fifty-three members received State Advancing Medals, which qualifies them to attend the State Convention in Bloomington on April 28-30.

If you have a civic group that is interested in having a team present at your next function or meeting, call the LP-A FCCLA Advisor Cheryl Hogie at the LPA High School.